Consumer Reports - Flame Retardant Chemicals Found in More People

February 15, 2017

By: Julia Calderone

Excerpt: A new study has found that flame retardants—used in everything from furniture to baby toys—are increasingly showing up in people’s bodies, raising potential health concerns.

Research led by Duke University shows that two flame-retardant chemicals, which belong to a class of flame retardants called organophosphates, not only were found in the urine of most of the 857 adults and children tested but also rose steadily in samples collected between 2002 and 2015. ...

The two organophosphates found in increasing levels in the study are of particular concern. Manufacturers phased TDCIPP out of use in children’s pajamas in 1977 when scientists linked the chemical to cancer in animal studies. Animal studies have also suggested that TDCIPP might alter the regulation of the body’s hormones, specifically thyroid hormone, and both TDCIPP and TPHP might cause fertility problems.

“We’ve known that TDCIPP is a bad actor for a long time, yet it continues to be used,” says Robin Dodson, Sc.D., a research scientist studying indoor air pollution at the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass., who was not involved in the study.

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